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Satellite Attacks: What You Need to Know About the Latest Threat In Cyber Warfare

And how our satellite network is crucial to our survival!

In recent years, satellite attacks have become a more common form of cyber warfare. Nations and terrorist groups have been using satellites to launch attacks against other countries for years, but the frequency of these attacks seems to be increasing. This blog post will discuss satellite attacks in detail and what you need to know about them. We will also talk about how to protect yourself from satellite attacks.

U.S. Satellites are being attacked every day according to Space Force General

U.S. space forces’ general David Thompson, the service’s second in command, said that Russia and China launch “reversible attacks” against U.S. satellites “every day.”

He also revealed that a small Russian satellite had come so near an American satellite that there were concerns an attack could be imminent.

“Threats are growing and expanding every day.” And it has been an evolution of activity that has been going on for a long time. We’re really at the point now where there’s a whole host of different ways our space systems could be threatened.

“Right now, Space Force is dealing with what Thompson calls ‘reversible attacks’ on U.S. government satellites (meaning attacks that don’t permanently damage the satellites) ‘every day.’”

“China and Russia regularly attack U.S. satellites with non-kinetical means, including lasers, R.F. jammers, and cyberattacks.”

Thompson’s assertion that this kind of attack is occurring with extreme frequency is newsworthy. It highlights the rapid development and fielding of a wide variety of ASAT (anti-satellite) capabilities by Russia and China, something the U.S. military has called increasing attention to in recent years.

“The Chinese are well ahead of Russia,” Thompson said. “They’re fielding operational systems, but they’re not at the level we’ve seen from the Russians.”

A joint CISA/FBI advisory warns satellite communication (SATCO­M) network providers and critical infrastructures that rely on SATCOM networks to bolster their cybersecurity defense against a potential attack, warning that a successful breach could create risk in their customers’ environments.

According to the advisory, the military, in particular, needs to be concerned about the recent cyberattack that hit satellite provider Viasat, knocking tens of thousands of customers out of service in Europe in February.

What happens if America’s Satellites suddenly go down?

Space satellites have been around for decades, and they’ve become indispensable parts of our modern high-tech society. However, because they’re reliable and virtually invisible, people take them as given. If all our satellites were suddenly lost, here’s what would happen.

It’s not as crazy an idea as it might sound at first.

Satellites could potentially be destroyed by warring nations, destroyed by solar storms, or struck by a cloud of orbiting debris (like from another satellite that has been blown apart).

Satellites reach almost anywhere today!

You would immediately notice that you could not contact anyone. They’d be out of service. You couldn’t watch T.V., And the internet would stop working.

If one of our satellites were to fall into space, it could cause GPS systems to shut down. Airplanes wouldn’t be able to fly without any air traffic control (ATC). With up to 12 thousand planes flying in the air at any given time, their chances of colliding with each other are greater than ever.

If the global economy were to grind to a halt, people would be cut off entirely from the rest of the planet. Electronic payments, including credit cards, would be useless. They wouldn’t work. Don’t expect to be able to withdraw cash from ATMs or banks, as they won’t work either way.

In short, the loss of satellite infrastructure would have a domino effect that would plunge the world into darkness.

Satellite attacks could spark ‘mutually assured destruction

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the threat of mutually assured destruction (MAD) could return in a new form, a U.S. military adviser said today during a Seattle-based national security conference panel discussion.

A former military officer who now advises the White House on space policy, Brad Townsend, warned about anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons during a virtual symposium hosted by the University of Washington.

He noted that China has been experimenting with methods to disable satellites belonging to other countries in case of a future conflict. But in the course, if destroying an enemy satellite, they could set off a catastrophic cascade of uncontrolled orbital debris.

This phenomenon, sometimes known as the Kessler syndrome, has fed into the plots of movies such as Gravity and novels such as SevenEves. But Townsend warned that the danger is more than just a sci-fi possibility.

“If nations start arming with anti-satellite weapons to deter others from attacking their orbital assets,” he said, “they risk creating a new form of mutually assured destruction.”

Townsend said the prospect that setting off a Kessler syndrome would cause the world’s major space powers to back away should have caused them to back away from the idea. But as India’s recent test showed, they haven’t.

“It’s a problem that’s not going away,” he said.

So how can we protect against satellite attacks?

One way to prevent satellite collisions would be to create an inter­national system for sharing information about satellites. Another way to get rid of old satellites is to use them for something else. For example, Northrop Grumman has developed a satellite tug called MEV-1 that can pull satellites into orbit after they become obsolete.

But to prevent an accidental satellite attack, Townsend said countries would have to agree to stop using anti-satellite weapons. “The time is right for peace talks before that future incident,” he said.

The U.S. has favored an approach called “transparency” and “confidence-building measures,” or TCBMs, in international talks about space weapons. Meanwhile, China and Russia have their proposal for an international treaty on the prevention of placing weapons in outer space, called PPWT. The other side has opposed each approach.

A Russian official has warned that any attempt to impact their satellites could be considered an act of war. But the U.S. position is more cautious.

Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy director of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, said, “I want to warn everyone trying to do it that it’s a crime, which should be harshly punished.” “Because disabling the satellite group for any country is generally a reason to go to wars.” “And we will be looking for people who organized it.”

Those remarks followed previous threats Rogozine made about possibly crashing the International Space Station (ISS), which Russia partners with the U.S. and other nations to maintain on earth, in response to sanctions that would impose costs for Russia’s large-scale ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The claims came after a group of Russian hackers claimed they had hacked into NASA’s servers, but Rogozin rejected that claim in his statement.

In conclusion, the threat of satellite attacks is real and should be taken seriously. The best way to protect against them is to prevent them from happening in the first place. That means international agreements between countries not to use anti-satellite weapons. What do you think about this issue? Let me know in the comments below.

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